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COVID-19 Updates and Information

Open House and Tour updates to come.  Please visit us on our video tour of the school!
Please refer to emails from individual teachers for synchronous and asynchronous schedules for Grades Preschool thru 5.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Schedule


Period 1

8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

Period 2

8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Period 3

9:10 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

Period 4

9:45 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Break

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Period 5

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Period 6

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lunch

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Period 7

12:15 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Period 8

12:50 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Office Hours

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 


Wednesday Schedule


Period 1

8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.

Period 2

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Chapel

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Period 3

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Period 4

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Period 5

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Lunch

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Period 6

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Period 7

12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Period 8

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Advisory

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Office Hours

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Event Updates

  • The school building and business offices are closed for the remainder of the school year
  • Our in-home educational experience will continue through the end of this school year
  • All events are canceled or postponed until further notice. This includes...
    • SATs
    • Upper School Choir Concert
    • Middle School Science Night
    • Board Meeting
    • 25 Day
    • Open House
    • Spring Musical

April 26, 2020

 

Hello SSCA Students and Families,

 

As April break ends and we start the remainder of the school year, I wanted to touch base with you on a few important matters related to the recent announcement by the Governor regarding school closures. Please see my attached message here and the questions below.


When will the last day of school be?

The last day of school remains Friday, June 12. But throughout this time, just like the normal school year - we will have days that are not “typical” school days - days where we have parties, “virtual field trips,” etc. 

 

Will there be Upper School exams?

Yes.  Seniors will begin taking exams the week of May 4.  Students in Grades 6-11 will have their exams the week of June 8.  The exams will be different, but they will still continue. More details will be sent directly to Upper School students soon. Seniors will be receiving information their exams this week.

 

Will we need anything else to complete the rest of the school year?

Yes. When we left school on March 13, we were planning to return.  Students received instructional materials for a few weeks, but not for the remainder of the year.  Therefore, we will be setting a process for additional school-provided student handouts (to help reduce printing expectations), as well as other materials, including necessary novels, workbooks, and science lab materials.  We will send more information on this in the coming days.

 

Will there be ERB standardized tests?

No. This year’s standardized tests for K-9 will not be administered. 

 

Are all events canceled?

As the campus is now closed, most events are subsequently canceled. We have rescheduled a few and some others are now happening remotely. 

  • Commencement has been postponed to August. I have communicated with Seniors and their families, and they should have received further information on this from Mr. Kamberidis, Director of Student Services and College Guidance (senior families, please email Mr. Kamberidis if not).
  • The Senior Recognition Night will also be rescheduled. The date for this event is still to be determined, but it will likely occur the weekend of commencement.
  • Spring Sports Recognition Night (May 21), Grade 8 Recognition Night (May 26), Move-Up Day (May 27), Lower School Field Day (May 29), Lower School Awards Chapel (June 11), Kindergarten Graduation (June 11), and Upper School Last Chapel (June 12) will all be done virtually online (not on campus). With each of these, we will be sending more information. These events will still be occurring at their previously scheduled times, with many of them being "live" events.
  • Prom is currently canceled. Should restrictions on large group events and social distancing rules allow for a Prom to be held in the summer, it is possible that Prom may be rescheduled.

 

When can we get things left behind in lockers and desks?

Once the Governor indicates that it is time for small businesses to be “open” - we will put in place a process that allows for families to get materials left behind. If you are needing something urgently, please contact Mr. Bielawa at jbielawa@southshorechristian.org

 

What about the stuff I currently have at home that belongs to the school?

Similarly, at the conclusion the school year - we will put in place a process that allows for families to return school materials (chrome books, textbooks, etc.)

 

What if my student is struggling with all this?

The first contact regarding academic concerns is your student’s teachers. I also encourage you to reach out to the Director of Student Services, Mr. Kamberidis, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org, to talk about the challenges you are facing. Mr. Kamberidis will also be hosting a drop-in (remotely) to answer questions about maintaining good mental health during this time (more details, date and time to be announced).

 

What about summer enrichments?

All June summer enrichments have been canceled, though we are looking to postpone some of them until later in the summer.  More information about this will be forthcoming. 

 

What about next year?

We are already planning the 2020-21 school year. The administration began during the break to set the calendar for next year. Upper School students are in the middle of course selection. We are looking forward to opening the doors of the SSCA building to students again on September 1. 

 

Though the campus may be closed, school is still happening. The strength and grit of SSCA has never been more evident than it is right now. Please don’t forget to register to attend our School's Prayer and Praise Night, this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. You will need to register to be able to participate. You can register here

 

God is good. He is good all the time.

 

Peace,

Mark A. Jennings, PhD

Head of School

March 26, 2020


Dear SSCA Families,


I hope you and yours are well. 


In accordance with yesterday’s announcement by Governor Baker, South Shore Christian Academy will be closed through May 3.  It is my earnest hope and prayer that we will open our doors again on May 4 and that school will return to 45 Broad Street, Weymouth. 


This is disheartening news, even if no longer surprising during these days. I am especially mindful of our Senior students who must be wondering, what next? I know your Senior year is not ending in the way you had envisioned. I want you to know, Class of 2020, that I am committed, along with the faculty and staff, to seeing your year conclude in a meaningful way, a celebratory way. Your career at SSCA and the honor of a SSCA diploma demands nothing less from us.  


Like so many of you, my home has become both a workplace and a multi-classroom school building. And like you, I wonder how long this is sustainable. I am so very blessed, however, to also see the wonderful work done this week by faculty, staff, parents/guardians, and students. Some things have worked admirably, other things have seen their share of glitches. But, I know this - from the Preschool alphabet to AP Biology labs – learning has been happening! Further, I have been humbled by the encouragement that has been poured out by our families. 


SSCA’s halls will be filled with life again. It won’t always be this way. Until then, we remain committed to educating our students during this time. We will continue to review, consider, and adjust our in-home educational experience so as to continue to provide the students with the value that comes with sustained learning but in a manner that fits and appreciates the ever changing landscape.  


Toward that, next week you will be receiving a survey about your student’s experience. Each family is different, and each family’s circumstances are different.  We understand that and are here to partner with you. 


In the meantime, continue to reach out to your teacher(s). The best times to meet with them, if possible, is during their office hours. 


You all are doing amazing!  I challenged each of us to choose patience, choose joy, and choose each other – and I have seen it. SSCA is a special place.


God is good.  He is good all the time.


Peace be with you,

Mark A. Jennings

March 19, 2020

 

Dear SSCA Upper School Families,

 

The SSCA In-Home Educational Experience is about to start!!!!! On Monday, March 23, this unique season will begin. 

 

I have been so very proud of SSCA. I’m proud of our teachers and staff as they have been working very hard to keep students’ education moving forward. We are not surrendering the education of the students. The teachers and staff care about you very much, and that is evident in the work being done by them. 

 

I’m proud of our parents. I know that this has upended everyone. Many of you are now faced with the prospect of helping facilitate the education of your children. We understand this and will work with you. You have also had to manage communications coming from the school, setting up devices and preparing for the in-home experience, while also upholding families. You are doing an amazing job!  

 

I’m proud of our students. So much is being asked of them – and the events of the day keep taking things from them. Yet they have also shown such strength, such grit. 

 

And through it all, I have seen our community respond in faith and trust in our Lord. It is God who gives us His peace, His joy, and His strength to meet the tasks of the day.

 

SSCA, I’m proud of you!  We got this. Together. 

 

We, the faculty and staff are working under the following imperatives:

 

  • To provide and maintain an in-home educational experience for students that is consistent with the tenor, quality, and main aspects of our traditional in-school experience
  • To provide and maintain a regular and interactive presence by the teacher in the student’s life as part of the educational process
  • To provide and maintain some form of peer interaction as part of the educational process
  • To provide and maintain a sense of stability in the life of our students
  • To provide an educational experience that meets the technological capacity of the majority of the students, without abandoning the rest
  • To provide and maintain support to parents/guardians who are navigating this new educational experience in the home
  • To provide, maintain, and encourage an atmosphere that values patience, joy, and each other

 

Here are some key points as we are about to begin:

 

What will my student’s schedule be?

For the Upper School, we will send out a daily schedule shortly. Each school day will consist of a modified 8-period day. The length of the entire school day will be from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm, with breaks and lunch periods included. 

 

What will happen each period?

This will vary by subject, by teacher, by period, and by day. Your teacher, using RenWeb, will communicate what each class session will entail. For example, one period a student may need to participate in a ZOOM meeting for a live presentation by the teacher, interactive discussion with classmates, etc. At other times it may just be a “check-in” where a student lets the teacher know they are working on the class material, asks questions, etc.  The “check-ins” might be done in a variety of different ways – for example, it might be via ZOOM or a simple email. Again, your teacher will let you know (primarily via RenWeb) what is happening on a specific day for his/her class. 

 

Study halls will not meet. Also, classes that only meet on certain days will only occur on that specific day.  For example, a class that only meets on M, W, and F will still only meet on M, W, and F. 

 

We will be following the Monday period schedule (1-8). Periods will not rotate day to day. 

 

Middle School specials for the Third Quarter are canceled. Information about Fourth Quarter specials will be sent out in the coming weeks.  

 

What technology and/or applications does my student need?

The main software programs a student will need are high speed internet, capability to watch high speed video, email, Google Suite (docs, sheets, slides, etc.), RenWeb, and ZOOM. Please see previous email here sent regarding these applications. 

 

Does my student need an email?

Yes. There needs to be an email associated with your student on RenWeb. You can use a parent email. If you have not updated this, please do so. Please see previous email here sent regarding updating student emails. 

 

What if my student does not have a device or has other technological limitations/concerns?

Please email the Director of IT, jbielawa@southshorechristian.org, if you have any technological limitations/concerns/questions, including device availability limitations. We will do our best to assist you with this. 

 

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is the conduct expected by individuals in a digital community. We will be sending an email on Friday regarding digital citizenship. In brief, students are to dress appropriately and modestly. Students should not share in any form, any recordings of any classroom or educational session, including live meetings or prerecorded lessons. Digital citizenship during this time is expected by everyone.

 

Will attendance be taken?

Yes. Attendance will be taken for each period. Faculty will mark a student “present” on the basis of what was required for that day (ZOOM meeting, ZOOM check-in, email check-in, etc.).

 

If a student will be absent for a day, or a particular class, please email the Registrar, Doreen Callahan, at dcallahan@southshorechristian.org. Students should also contact their teacher as they will be accountable for missed classes and missed work.  Teachers will have daily office hours.

 

Please note, being unable to get online at a particular time due to technological limitations or household considerations does not mean the student is “absent.” Do not contact the Registrar in these situations. In these instances, please notify the teacher that you are unable to meet/check-in. The teacher will discuss with you how to best approach the missed content. Should you be unable to participate in a particular class period on a regular basis because of technological limitations or household considerations, please notify Mr. Joel Bielawa at jbielawa@southshorechristian.org so we can assist. 

 

Does this mean my student(s) will be in front of a screen on ZOOM from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. every day?

No. Firstly, there are built-in times for breaks and lunch. Secondly, there are no sessions during study hall periods. Thirdly, although students should set their schedule under the assumption that they are available for each period for the duration of the period, it is highly unlikely that this will be the daily norm. A great majority of the periods may be just a “check-in” with a teacher, without a ZOOM meeting being required. Each day will be different. 

 

What if my student cannot get online for an assigned period?

If a student is unable to get online for an assigned period because of technological or household limitations, he/she is not considered “absent.” We certainly understand that households are having to navigate and prioritize who can be online at the same time – especially as more and more employers are requiring people to work from home. 

 

If a student cannot be online for an assigned period, due to technological limitations or household considerations, please notify the teacher so the student is not marked absent.  The teacher will work with the student regarding the material missed.

 

If a student will regularly miss a particular period and/or day due to technological limitations or household considerations, please notify the teacher that this will be occurring. The teacher will work with the student regarding the material missed. 

 

What is an absence?

An absence is when a student needs to miss school for any other reason (i.e., not technological limitations or household considerations). In these instances, please email the Registrar, Doreen Callahan, dcallahan@southshorechristian.org. Be sure to contact your teacher regarding material missed.

 

How will the material be taught?

The primary vehicle for lessons will either be a “live session” on ZOOM during the assigned period or a recorded lesson that the student will need to watch (either during the assigned time or at a later time). 

 

Will there be homework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and grades?

Yes. There will still be homework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and grades. The details of this work will be communicated by the teacher via RenWeb.

 

What if my student is struggling with these changes and new formats?

If your student is struggling adapting to this new format, please contact the Director of Student Services, Mr. Dimitri Kamberidis, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org. Mr. Kamberidis is here to assist students in this adjustment. We are asking students (and families) to adjust to how school feels and is accomplished. If this adjustment is causing distress in any way, please contact Mr. Kamberidis. 

 

Will there still be Chapel and Advisory?

Yes. There will still be Chapel and Advisory on Wednesdays. These are listed on the Upper School schedule that will be distributed. 

 

What about Student Groups?

Student Group leaders should be in touch with their advisors on how their student groups will function during this time. 

 

Will the Campus be open?

No. The campus will be closed during this time. 

 

Will teachers have Office Hours?

Yes. In the schedule you will receive will be set Office Hours for teachers. These are hours for parents and students to reach out to the teacher.

 

Who do I contact if I have a question?

For technology related matters, please contact Joel Bielawa, jbielawa@southshorechristian.org.

For student services/assistance, Dimitri Kamberidis, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org.

For reporting an absence (not related to technology or household limitations), Doreen Callahan, dcallahan@southshorechristian.org.

For matters pertaining to COVID-19, cvd@southshorechristian.org.

 

For all other matters, please contact the appropriate administrator or email headofschool@southshorechristian.org

 

And so we begin. Choose joy. Choose patience. Choose each other. SSCA is such a special place. I am glad you are a part of it. We got this. Together. 

 

God is good. He is good all the time.

 

Peace be with you,

 

Mark A. Jennings, PhD

Head of School

March 19, 2020

 

Dear SSCA Lower School Families,

 

The SSCA In-Home Educational Experience is about to start!!!!! On Monday, March 23, this unique season will begin. 

 

I have been so very proud of SSCA. I’m proud of our teachers and staff as they have been working very hard to keep students’ education moving forward. We are not surrendering the education of the students. The teachers and staff care about you very much, and that is evident in the work being done by them. 

 

I’m proud of our parents. I know that this has upended everyone. Many of you are now faced with the prospect of helping facilitate the education of your children. We understand this and will work with you. You have also had to manage communications coming from the school, setting up devices and preparing for the in-home experience, while also upholding families and keeping everyone calm (and busy). You are doing an amazing job!  I’m proud of our students. So much is being asked of them – and the events of the day keep taking things from them. Yet they have also shown such strength, such grit. 


And through it all, I have seen our community respond in faith and trust in our Lord. It is God who gives us His peace, His joy, and His strength to meet the tasks of the day.


SSCA, I’m proud of you!  We got this. Together. 


We, the faculty and staff are working under the following imperatives:

  • To provide and maintain an in-home educational experience for students that is consistent with the tenor, quality, and main aspects of our traditional in-school experience
  • To provide and maintain a regular and interactive presence by the teacher in the student’s life as part of the educational process
  • To provide and maintain some form of peer interaction as part of the educational process
  • To provide and maintain a sense of stability in the life of our students
  • To provide an educational experience that meets the technological capacity of the majority of the students, without abandoning the rest
  • To provide and maintain support to parents/guardians who are navigating this new educational experience in the home
  • To provide, maintain, and encourage an atmosphere that values patience, joy, and each other

Here are some key points as we are about to begin:

 

What will my student’s schedule be?

For the Lower School, this Saturday morning (by noon) teachers will be sending out your student’s schedule. This schedule will be primarily asynchronous. In other words, it will not be a preset schedule with specific times (i.e., Language Arts: 8:00-8:30, Math 8:45-9:15, etc.). Instead, the schedule will provide direction on how much time should be allocated to a certain subject. 

 

We are following this approach in the Lower School because our younger students will likely require a parent available to facilitate this process. Therefore, our schedules need to have some flexibility to allow for parents who have varying schedules, especially during this time where so many parents need to work from home or have multiple “educational experiences,” to navigate. There will be at least two specific times each day when your teacher will be online for a ZOOM meeting with the students. It is important that “faces continue to see faces” during this time of distancing. Your teacher may provide you with a suggested schedule to follow. Parents of younger children, especially PreSchool and PreK, may find a set routine to be very useful. 


What technology and/or applications does my student need?

The main software programs a student will need are high speed internet, capability to watch high speed video, email, Google Suite (docs, sheets, slides, etc.), RenWeb, and ZOOM. Please see previous email here sent regarding these applications. Individual teachers may also require students to use some web-based applications (YouTube, Quizzlet, MobyMax, etc.).

 

Does my student need an email?

Yes. There needs to be an email associated with your student on RenWeb. You can use a parent email. If you have not updated this on RenWeb, please do so. Please see previous email here sent regarding updating student emails. 


What if my student does not have a device or has other technological limitations/concerns?

Please email the Director of IT, jbielawa@southshorechristian.org, if you have any technological limitations/concerns/questions, including device availability limitations. We will do our best to assist you with this. 


What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship is the conduct expected by individuals in a digital community. We will be sending an email on Friday regarding digital citizenship. In brief, students are to dress appropriately and modestly. Students should not share in any form any recordings of any classroom or educational session, including live meetings or prerecorded lessons. Digital citizenship during this time is expected by everyone.


Will attendance be taken?

Yes. Attendance will be taken for each day. To be present for a particular day, a student or parent needs to contact the teacher to indicate that “school is happening.” This can be done through email or at the live “check-ins.” 


If a student will be absent for a day, please email the Registrar, Doreen Callahan, at dcallahan@southshorechristian.org. Students should also contact their teacher as they will be accountable for missed classes and missed work.  Please note, teachers will have daily office hours.


Please note, being unable to get online at a particular time due to technological limitations or household considerations does not mean the student is “absent.” Do not contact the Registrar in these situations. 


What is an absence?

An absence is when a student needs to miss school for any other reason (i.e., not technological limitations or household considerations). In these instances, please email the Registrar, Doreen Callahan, dcallahan@southshorechristian.org. Be sure to contact your teacher regarding material missed.


How will the material be taught?

The primary vehicle for lessons will either be a recorded lesson that a student will need to watch or a “live session” on ZOOM that occurs at a set time.  These “live sessions” will also be recorded for students who cannot attend.  


Will there be homework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and grades?

Yes. There will still be homework, assignments, quizzes, tests, and grades. The details of this work will be communicated by the teacher via RenWeb.


What if my student is struggling with these changes and new formats?

If your student is struggling adapting to this new format, please contact the Director of Student Services, Mr. Dimitri Kamberidis, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org. Mr. Kamberidis is here to assist students in this adjustment. We are asking students (and families) to adjust to how school feels and is accomplished. If this adjustment is causing distress in any way, please contact Mr. Kamberidis. 


What if I’m struggling trying to assist my student through all of this?

We certainly understand. We want to help. The best resource is your child’s teacher. I encourage you to set up a time to meet with them, either during their office hour, or some other agreed upon time. This meeting can happen via ZOOM. 


Will there still be Chapel?

Yes. There will still be Chapel on Wednesdays. These are listed on the schedule that will be distributed by the teacher.


Will the Campus be open?

No. The campus will be closed during this time. 


Will teachers have Office Hours?

Yes. In the schedule you will receive will be set Office Hours for teachers. These are hours for parents and students to reach out to the teacher.


Who do I contact if I have a question?

For technology related matters, please contact Joel Bielawa, jbielawa@southshorechristian.org.

For student services/assistance, Dimitri Kamberidis, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org.

For reporting an absence (not related to technology or household limitations), Doreen Callahan, dcallahan@southshorechristian.org.

For matters pertaining to COVID-19, cvd@southshorechristian.org.


For all other matters, please contact the appropriate administrator or email headofschool@southshorechristian.org


Please be checking here for updates. We are also updating our Facebook page as well. 


And so we begin. Choose joy. Choose patience. Choose each other. SSCA is such a special place. I am glad you are a part of it. We got this. Together. 

 

God is good. He is good all the time.


 
Peace be with you,

Mark A. Jennings, PhD

Head of School

In accordance with today’s announcement by Governor Baker, South Shore Christian Academy will be closed through April 7. We will be sending more information in the coming days regarding the at-home educational experience of the students, currently scheduled to begin on March 23.  

 

We ask at this time that you do not come to campus unannounced for any reason. If you need to come to campus, please call the Main Office at 781-331-4340 or email headofschool@southshorechristian.org. We will work to arrange a time for you to retrieve essential and necessary items. Be sure to include “COVID-19” in the subject line of your email. 

 

During times such as these, it is the steadfast faithfulness and gentleness of God’s people that will be evident to all that the Lord is with them. Choose patience. Choose joy. Choose each other. 

 

God is good. He is good all the time.

Based on information we have received from local, state, and national authorities regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close South Shore Christian Academy from dismissal March 13 through March 27.  SSCA is scheduled to reopen on March 30.

 

Please understand that this is a preventative and precautionary measure to help limit the spread of COVID-19. There have been no reports of any student, faculty/staff, or household member in the SSCA community having contracted COVID-19. Nevertheless, to help mitigate the potential spread of this virus, we feel this measure is the right and necessary step to take to help keep our community healthy. 

 

Please know that any decision we make has at its center the safety of our community, coupled with our ability to still provide an outstanding education for our students. While we much prefer to have our students in the building, we also feel at this point this is the best course of action to ensure our community is safe. Our commitment to provide our students with a high-quality education has not changed, even as the circumstances around us have shifted quite quickly. 

 

As indicated in the COVID-19 update (March 12), the first five school days (March 16-20) of this closure will be treated as an Emergency School Closing (i.e., similar to a “Snow Day”). During this time, the faculty and staff will be developing an at-home educational experience for your student(s), which would commence on the following week and continue for the duration of the closure.

 

By Saturday, March 21, the school will notify families regarding the at-home educational experience for the students.  These educational experiences will be unique for each grade and subject. 

 

This educational experience will likely include an online component. If you have not yet completed the survey regarding the computer and technological capabilities in your household, please do so as soon as possible.

 

One of our goals during this time is to keep a routine as much as possible. For example, students and families should expect a “school schedule” in some form to be implemented once the at-home educational experience commences. This could mean set times for classes, meetings with teachers, and so on.  The specifics of the at-home educational schedule will be distributed in the coming days.

 

When school began last fall, no one expected the events that would be happening this spring. But we take comfort that there are no surprises with God. He is on His throne, and we are His children.  As befitting the people of God, let us continue seeking Him in prayer and devoting ourselves to each other in service.  There are many ways to remember these times – we can remember them as times of great stress and anxiety; we can remember them as times when our worlds were upended; we can remember them as times when we sought our own self-interests and entitlements, or we can remember them as times when we chose patience, when we chose joy, and when we chose each other.  The choice is ours. 

FAQs

No. At this time (3/16/20), we have no reports of any students, faculty/staff, or family/household members who have tested positive for COVID-19. If you, or anyone in your household has COVID-19, please contact the school immediately. Do not come to the school. You may call the Main Office at 781-331-4340 or email the school at headofschool@southshorechristian.org.

  • SSCA will contact public health officials to notify them that someone connected to SSCA has tested positive for COVID-19. We will follow the CDC's recommendations.
  • SSCA will require the infected individual to self-quarantine for 14 days (or longer, if necessary) until he/she is no longer symptomatic.  
  • SSCA will require any members of the infected individual’s household to also self-quarantine for 14 days before he/she may be on campus or attend any events.

Based on the latest travel guidance from the CDC and the restrictions put in place by the President of the United States, families who travel to countries significantly impacted by the virus are required to self-quarantine upon their return to the U.S. for 14 days before he/she may be on campus or attend any events.

 

As of today (3/16/20), these countries include China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, most European countries, the UK, and Ireland. We are monitoring these travel notices regularly and will update the school community regarding any changes to this listing. These are the countries for which the CDC has currently issued Level 2 and higher travel advisories. 

 

Further, families who are hosting individuals or who have been in contact with individuals who have recently traveled in any of these countries are to self-quarantine for 14 days before he/she may be on campus or attend any events.

 

Students who travel abroad to all other countries are to self-quarantine for 14 days before he/she may be on campus or attend any events OR be tested by a medical professional who will confirm with the school directly that the student does not have COVID-19.

 

All absences because of a COVID-19 self-quarantine will be excused absences. A self-quarantined student will be contacted by his/her teacher(s) to set up an educational experience for the student during his/her absence.

In the event of an extended closure (government mandated or otherwise), efforts will be made to continue to provide an educational experience for our students, with as little interruption as possible, until normal operations resume. The first five school days of such a closure would be treated as an Emergency School Closing (i.e., think “snow day”). During this time, the faculty will be creating and distributing an educational experience for your student for the remainder of the closure.

This will vary depending on grade level and course. The educational experience of a PreSchool student and that of a Senior is significantly different. Again, the first five-days of the school closure will be for the creation and distribution of your student’s in-home educational experience. Some possible changes could include online recorded lessons and assignment submissions, live meetings over the internet, and at-home guided study instructions, etc. Your teacher will be the primary source of this information.

Faculty are working this week to create a highly structured schedule for student's in-home educational experience. Various materials will be utilized including live classes and video recordings, worksheets, and more. 

This will be determined by the specific educational experiences and will vary. Nevertheless, it is most likely that a significant part of the educational experience will require internet access and computer capabilities. To better assist us in developing these experiences, a survey went out to each family to assess household internet and computer resources. 

 

Here are the primary tools SSCA will be using in our in-home educational experience. Please create accounts and download these programs in the coming week (3/16-3/22):

  • Zoom (video conference call)
    • Create an account to install software. Please be patient for email confirmations as the program is backed up. We suggest downloading this program before March 23 when in-home classes begin.
  • Renweb (family portal)
    • Please make sure your Renweb account is working before March 23. If you are having any issues, please email Joel Bielawa at jbielawa@southshorechristian.org with the subject line "RENWEB Issues."
  • Google account
    • Create a Google account to ensure your student has access to all Google has to offer. If you already have an account that can be utilized by your student(s), there is no need to set up a new one.
 
Supplemental tools and resources will be provided by individual teachers.

Since we have declared closure until May 3, students must have all their books at home. 

Yes. At this time, all SSCA campus events are postponed or canceled from March 12-May 3.

 

Postponement dates will be communicated in the weeks to come. Our hope is to restore normal operations as soon as possible, but it is possible that postponed events may be canceled altogether or that the postponement period may be extended past May 3. 

Yes. All field trips and Interterm trips are canceled.

Yes. All scheduled SSCA-sponsored college visits are canceled.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has posted this to their website:

 

"The Board of Directors met on March 30th to determine that the Spring season will begin no earlier than May 4th and will be completed by June 27th, with consideration of June 28th for weather and/or facility needs."

 

Please refer to their website for updated info.

No one is permitted in the building until after May 3. Parents who require a meeting with a teacher are to have such meeting online or over the phone.

The best thing you can do is to follow the recommended practices from the CDC and health organizations:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
      • If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Facemasks should only be used by those who show symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease to others. Facemasks do not prevent contracting COVID-19.  They are to be used to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Please notify the school immediately if anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms or has been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms.
Throughout the week of March 16-20, you and your family can...
 
  • Continue to practice needed cleaning behaviors (washing hands for 20 seconds, don’t touch your nose or mouth, cover your mouth in your elbow when you cough or sneeze).
  • If you, or a member of your household, is sick - please stay home.
  • Prepare a schedule for your students and family for when the educational experience begins. Let your students know that school will continue. It will just look different. We will be providing students with a schedule.  
  • Avoid scheduling events during the "school day" once the educational experience begins on March 20.
  • Keep your students physically active. Please make sure they get some form of physical activity every day. During a school day, not only do younger students have P.E. and gym and older students have athletics, but students are regularly walking from one class to another. Let's keep them active.
  • Avoid having your students congregate in groups as much as possible. The country is sending a clear message - please maintain social distancing and don’t get together if possible. Let's do that as well. Think of clever ways to do peer interactions that do not necessarily require a large group. There are a lot of great ideas out there about how to hang out virtually. When groups are unavoidable, please keep them small.
  • Encourage your students that this too shall pass. No one knows with certainty how long this may extend, and we do not want to give a false hope. But we know that it will pass - and let us show our children this.
  • Talk about other things than COVID-19 with your students. Our children are watching us all the time. COVID-19 is determining our social spaces, but it does not define our lives. We can show our students this by using the time together to talk about a range of things, not just COVID-19. Panic and anxiety is as contagious as any virus but so is joy and peace. 
During the week of March 16-20, we invite everyone to participate in our prayer chain. 
 

Using the sign-up below, we ask that you pick a 15-minute block where you commit to praying for the school at that time.  We would love to cover the entire week in prayer for the school, so please feel free to take additional time slots. During this time, please pray for the following:

  • Pray that God’s great name will be glorified
  • Pray that God will keep the school community safe and healthy
  • Pray that the days of separation will be short
  • Pray that we will all have the strength to meet the tasks of the day
  • Pray that God’s peace will be upon us all
  • Pray that we will find time to smile and laugh
  • Pray for the school’s leadership and that they will have wisdom as they navigate these waters
  • Pray for teachers and that they will have discernment as they create these educational plans
  • Pray for the students and that they will have peace and joy during this time
  • Pray for the parents and that they will have patience and wisdom as they lead and serve their families
  • Pray for SSCA and that God’s continued faithfulness to SSCA will be made known, this year, our 25th year
 

To sign up for the Prayer Chain, please click HERE.  

On this webpage for COVID-19, there are some helpful resources regarding how to address children about these events.

 

You may also contact your child’s teacher, or Mr. Dimitri Kamberidis, Director of Student Services, dkamberidis@southshorechristian.org, regarding how to address and process these events with your student.

If you have any questions regarding procedures, policies, etc. surrounding COVID-19, please email CVDquestions@southshorechristian.org.

 

We ask that during the week of March 16-20, you do not email any teachers with questions as their time will be focused on prepping for the upcoming in-home educational experience. If you have questions regarding classes from March 21-May 3, please email your teacher(s). 

 

For technical issues, please email Joel Bielawa at jbielawa@southshorechristian.org with the subject line, "[PLATFORM NAME] Issues." For example, if you are having problems with Zoom, please write out a detailed email of your technical difficulties with the subject line, "ZOOM Issues."

Yes. Our Lord says in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

 

These are trying times for each of us. But it is also in these moments when we come together in common purpose with shared resolve. Let us not give into fear or panic.  Let us be vigilant, mindful, and compassionate. But let us never forget that…

Our God is good.  He is good all the time.

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